Desperate search ongoing for missing 11-year-old boy in Iowa

Hundreds have been searching for Xavior Harrelson, an 11-year-old boy who disappeared last week in the same area where college student Mollie Tibbetts was murdered nearly three years ago. Charlie De Mar has more.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: Well, tonight, an update. The FBI has joined the search for an 11-year-old Iowa boy who disappeared last Thursday in the same area where a college student was murdered while jogging nearly three years ago. CBS's Charlie De Mar is there.

CHARLIE DE MAR: Investigators were seen today at the home of Xavior Harrelson in the mobile home park where he lived. They had more questions for the family of the 11-year-old boy who went missing five days ago. It's been several days since he's gone missing. One of those nights was in the 30s. As more time goes by, that's gotta be troubling from your point of view.

MITCH MORTVEDT: With the report that we have, what he was last seen wearing-- a t-shirt and pajama bottoms and tennis shoes-- that was a concern of ours. But as the days go on, it's increasingly more suspicious and more concerning.

CHARLIE DE MAR: Samantha Rix is a family friend and says she notified police after Xavior's mom told her that her son was missing.

SAMANTHA RIX: And I'm not stopping. I won't stop looking for that little boy. Just hoping that good news is brought and that, you know, he's returned to us safe. And he's such a happy little boy.

CHARLIE DE MAR: More than 500 volunteers and responders gathered over the weekend to scour the area. The search centered around here where police say the boy was last seen Thursday. Nearly three years ago, this same Iowa community rallied to search for 20-year-old Molly Tibbits, who was last seen out jogging. Her killer was found guilty of murder just last week.

MITCH MORTVEDT: To be right back here, you know, working out of the sheriff's office and in the same communities as we were almost three years ago when Molly disappeared, it's frightening.

CHARLIE DE MAR: Now, foul play has not been ruled out. Investigators say that the family is cooperating, yet we have not heard from them yet. Norah.

NORAH O'DONNELL: Charlie De Mar, thank you.